Big projects of late:
*Working on Kai's bedroom. I have a long long post I've mostly written about his room and the Montessori philosophy behind it; hopefully we'll have the last major bits complete in the next week or two and I can take pictures and post it. I'm very happy with how it's turned out so far.
*More family visiting!
Aunt Becky came too, though I lack photographic evidence, she came bearing AWESOME gifts - Blue Footed Booby Baby feet.
*We also had a bit of free, unstructured time, and were able to go out on our first hike since Kai was born. We ended up in the East Bay Hills at the lovely Huckleberry Botanic Preserve, which was perfect this time of year as the huckleberries are coming in en masse. It was also only a couple miles from the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve where we did our last hike pre-Kai.
For the parts where Kai was awake, he loved looking at the patterns in the trees. He also got to pee in the woods for the first time. Milestones abound!
*Yardwork! When we moved in to this house, the front yard was a sea of poorly-applied mulch and some perfunctory, randomly placed shrubs. We were able to do a bit of work before Kai was born, including building some raised beds and planting a few other things: some succulents, a few flowers, a strawberry patch, and some artichokes.
This past week I decided to tackle the middle of the years in earnest. So far I've carved out two planting areas and made raised berms out of the huge pile of leftover dirt we didn't use in the raised beds. I also removed some of the less successful shrubbery that was here when we arrived. Now I have to big areas just waiting to be planted with exciting things. I get to go! plant! shopping! this week. Joy!
This was on Saturday - you can see Kai there all bundled up, since we had a high of like 61 that day, and it was much chillier than that in the morning. Some summer we're having. BUT! We're getting 90 degree days today and tomorrow, which is going to be AWESOME for people like me who can't get enough of the heat. I will surely make a detailed garden post when things are in place.
*Our birthin' class had a reunion at our birth center's annual picnic. Kai was the youngest of the lot, but of course all the babies are within a couple months of age. The cuteness on display was epic, guys.
*And finally, we have of course been having a great time at home with Kai. Even when he's sad, which fortunately is not often, we're super happy he's with us.
(We find this face to be much more hilarious than we probably should, haha.)
And anyway, lately he spends a great deal of time looking like this…
…which is truly the best thing ever.